Monthly Archives: August 2007
A new group of American students will leave the country on August 30 en route to Italy. On the eve of their departure, we asked several Umbra Institute alumni to share some sage advice:
“Sometimes it’s comforting to have a routine…but avoid doing so in Perugia! Be completely random and try new things. You may be uncomfortable at first, but don’t be afraid to try out your Italian and mingle with the locals. You won’t regret it by the end of the semester. You’ll absolutely love what Perugia has to offer…this is my fourth time here in a year and a half, and I’m totally obsessed. It’s my home away from home.”
-Laura Cabrera, Fall 2005 (currently visiting Italian friends for the fourth time in two years!)
“The only advice I have is to take risks. Try things outside your comfort zone like local bars where Americans do not hang out or taking a day trip by yourself. You will not be disappointed if you are open to new experiences.”
-Ashley Gallegos, Academic Year 2005-06
“Do not hide in your American bubble that is your roommates and classmates. Speak Italian as much as possible because that is the only way you’ll learn it; go out and meet as many people as possible, no matter where they come from – there are so many interesting people from all over the world in Perugia that go to the Universita’ per Stranieri. And speak in Italian with everyone you meet. Spend a lot of time on le scale (pictured, at right) of the cathedral during the night and day and just meet everyone around you. Don’t freak out if you don’t speak Italian – you will pick it up faster than you think and Perugians are very nice about helping you out if you try.”
-Regina Colindrez, Fall 2002
“GO TO TANDEM! It’s so worth it – if anything you’ll make connections with people you can come back and stay with when you want to visit Perugia after you leave.”eat brief history of each city. They are each very unique and have beautiful legends and actual historical facts attached to every building, road, and fountain. Some of the best cuisine of ItalyUmbria region, so you will soon experience the amazing flavors of truffles, local cheeses, olive oils, and deli meats. Perugia is so mellow and beautiful, you can party all night long or you can sit in a church courtyard and read. It will surely be one of the best memories you can ever form.”
-Laura Cassels, Spring 2006 (currently teaching English in Italy)
“The only advice I have is to make friends with as many people as you can, both in the program and around Perugia. Also take advantage of travel and being abroad. It’s a wonderful experience and I hope you make the best of it. Have fun!”
-Brad Kavo, Spring 2006
The Umbra Institute staff is preparing for the arrival of the Fall 2007 class – a diverse group of students from around the United States interested in studying and living in one of Italy’s most authentic cities.
There is no doubt this semester will be a transforming experience for Umbra students. There are new courses offered this fall; among them: an Honors course on Constructing a National Italian Identity, a history course on the architecture and Papacy of St. Peter’s cathedral and the Vatican, and a course on American and European foreign policy since World War II (taught by former academic director, Dr. Charles Jarvis).
In addition to the new experiences in Umbra’s frescoed classrooms, students will also have plenty of opportunities to explore the city of Perugia, the various regions of Italy, and hot spots in Europe. The staff has also planned several optional excursions to the island of Capri and a weekend in a Tuscan farmhouse.
Plan to follow the events and experiences of the Fall 2007 students on Umbra’s blog!